Born and raised in Niš, Serbia, Goran Ognjanović began his career as an Air traffic controller. He graduated at the Air force academy in Zadar, ex Yugoslavia and Air Traffic Control center in Belgrade. During an 11,5 year-long air traffic control career, he worked at several airports in Yugoslavia.
Goran started his first animations in 1996 at Silicon Art Studio, Niš. By 2001, he was teaching character animation and rigging at the 3D3 World Computer Arts Training, in Arezzo, Italy. From 2001 to 2007, Goran worked for several studios in Belgrade, including: KompAni, Creative Studio Zepter, Chiron Training Center, Helium (presently Open studio). In April 2007, he received an offer to join RhinoFX studio, in New York where he worked as lead animator.
Goran worked on several feature films, including: Triple Frontier (2019), Deadpool 2 (2018), Black Panther (2018), 12 Strong (2018), Men Of Vision (2018), Heroj 1914 (2014), Tower Heist 2011, Arthur (2011), The Adjustment Bureau (2011), The Other Guys (2010), Ghost Town (2008), Sinovci (2006), Sophie And The Dream Bandits trailer (2006).
He also worked on large amount of TV commercials including BMW, Ford, Google, Samsung and others, Netflix series “Godless” (2017), HBO series “The Leftovers” (2014) and “How to Get Away With Murder” (2014), RTS “Koraksijanci (2002) and Parobrod Srbija (2002-2003)”, music videos: Justin Timberlake – Filthy (2018), Camila Cabello – Consequences (2018), Jay Rock – For what it’s worth (2018), various games including Hugo for PS3.
In 2009, he received the Mobius Award for animation on the “Oreo Magnetism” commercial and Clio Entertainment Short List for Netflix TV series – Godless (2018). Goran also animated for the theater. Titles include: Tesla, Ledeni Svitac and the opera: Hofmanove priče, Madlenianum Opera & Theatre, Belgrade, Tesla Off Broadway and Christmas Spectacular for Radio City Music Hall, New York. As freelance character animator and animation supervisor, he worked with Aardman Nathan Love, The Mill, Method Studios, Hornet Animation, Psyop/Mass Market, Click 3X, R/GA, Dive Visual/Alkemy X, Lanterna Magica and other animation studios. His current position is senior/lead character animator at Method Studios, New York.